Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, April 11, 2001

CORNYN ANNOUNCES MOST WANTED CHILD SUPPORT EVADERS

Delinquent Parents Owe Substantial Child Support and Evade Arrest

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today added two Texans to the "Most Wanted Child Support Evaders" list. These Texans repeatedly fail to pay substantial amounts of child support and willfully evade arrest.

"Those on the Most Wanted Child Support Evader List and anyone who owes child support should know that my office will use every legal means to see that they own up to their responsibilities," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I ask the public to assist us in finding these Evaders. If you have a tip, please call our hotline at 1-800-797-5437."

Attorney General Cornyn visited Beaumont and Tyler today to meet custodial parents with evader cases. These custodial parents are struggling to provide for their children without the financial support of the noncustodial parent named as a Child Support Evader.

The Office of the Attorney General works with local authorities to arrest and incarcerate noncustodial parents who are delinquent in their child support payments. The Evaders are wanted on civil warrants and face up to six months in jail.

For a parent to be listed as a Most Wanted Child Support Evader, court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of the noncustodial parent is unknown, and the parent has not made any payments in the last six months. The noncustodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.

The two evaders with estimated arrears as of April 11, 2001 and last known address:

William Ben Hendrick owes $54,483 for one child in Kountze, Texas.
Last known address: Porter, Texas.

Gerardo Romo owes $17,278 for two children in Tyler, Texas.
Last known address: Chicago, Illinois.

Of the 40 Evaders named by the Attorney General since July 1999, 20 have been arrested or have surrendered to authorities, including recent arrests in Las Vegas, Nevada; Seattle, Washington and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

People with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline 1-800-797-5437, e-mailing child.support@texasattorneygeneral.gov or by writing Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin Texas, 78711-2017.

Photos of the Evaders are available on the Attorney General's website: www.oag.state.tx.us/child/cs_evaders.html.

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Contact: Mark Heckmann, Tom Kelley or Jane Dees Shepperd at (512) 463-2050.
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